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Compiled with Review Notes by Charles Prepolec - Updated October 22, 2005
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Boxed Set Collection)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Box set
• Includes all 13 episodes: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Dancing Men, The Naval Treaty, The Solitary Cyclist, The Crooked Man, The Speckled Band, The Blue Carbuncle, The Copper Beeches, The Greek Interpreter, The Norwood Builder, The Resident Patient, The Red Headed League, The Final Problem
• Photo gallery, Paget's Drawings, Info on Brett and Holmes societies
• Full-screen format
• Number of discs: 5
Review Notes: See individual disc listings above. 
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DVD - MPI Granada Adventures Boxed Set
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A Basic Guide to Sherlock Holmes on DVD in North America
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 1(1984)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 4 episodes: A Scandal in Bohemia/ The Dancing Men/ The Naval Treaty/ The Solitary Cyclist
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound, Dolby
• Production notes
• Sherlock Holmes Series Promo
• Jeremy Brett and Arthur Conan Doyle biographies
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: Audio and video quality is mediocre at best for DVD. Still, cleaner video than VHS tape, but the disc is marred by serious audio problems from time to time. Doyle and Brett bios are laughably minimal and contain some incorrect data. Okay value for price.
DVD - MPI Granada Adventures Vol. 1
DVD - MPI Granada Adventures Vol. 2
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 2 (1984)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: The Crooked Man/ The Speckled Band
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Holmes and Brett Society Info
• Photo Gallery
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: Both audio and video quality is slightly improved over Vol. 1, but CROO suffers from some floating image elements in various scenes. Society info and photo gallery minimal at best. Okay value for price.
DVD - MPI Granada Adventures Vol. 3
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 3 (1984-5)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: The Blue Carbuncle/The Copper Beeches
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Paget's Drawings Part 1
• Holmes and Brett Society Info Part 2
• Photo Gallery
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: Same audio and video quality as Vol. 2, although more stable image. Society info and photo gallery minimal at best. Okay value for price.
DVD - MPI Granada Adventures Vol. 4
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 4 (1985)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: The Greek Interpreter / The Norwood Builder
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Paget's Drawings Part 2
• Holmes and Brett Society Info Part 3
• Photo Gallery
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: Improved audio and video quality. Did not notice any floating image areas. Audio levels overly loud in areas of dialogue. Society info and photo gallery minimal at best. Overall best quality of series at this point. Good value for price.
DVD - MPI Granada Adventures Vol. 5
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 5 (1985)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 3 episodes: The Resident Patient / The Red-Headed League / The Final Problem
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Paget's Drawings Part 3
• Holmes and Brett Society Info Part 4
• Photo Gallery
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: Improved audio and video quality. Society info and photo gallery minimal at best. Overall best quality of series at this point. Very Good value for price.
DVD - Retromedia Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace
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Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)
• Stars: Christopher Lee (Sherlock Holmes) and Thorley Walters (Dr. Watson)
• 86 minutes
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black & White, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: All actors, including Christopher Lee and Thorley Walters, are dubbed into English by other voice actors. DVD image and audio quality is mediocre at best and the image is missing information at top of screen. For more on-site information on this film and Christopher Lee as Holmes, click here. Okay value for price.
DVD - MGM The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
• Stars: Peter Cushing (Sherlock Holmes) and Andre Morell (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Mono Sound

• Theatrical trailer
• Featurette - Actor's Notebook: Christopher Lee (2002, 12 min.)
• Hound of the Baskervilles excerpts read by Christopher Lee over illustrations by Sydney Paget
• Widescreen letterbox format (1.66:1)
Review Notes: First rate DVD package! Beautiful widescreen video transfer, although colors appear slightly muted, with solid mono soundtrack. Lee's on-screen interview is a delightful bonus as he discusses the film and his co-star Peter Cushing, although his separate HOUN reading is mediocre at best. Highly recommended, great value for price.
DVD - Image Entertainment The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983)
• Stars: Ian Richardson (Sherlock Holmes) and Donald Churchill (Dr. Watson)
• All Region - NTSC
• Color, Mono Sound

• Full-screen format


Review Notes: Bare bones package that contains a reasonable quality transfer. Likely as good as any transfer based on a video source (some grain present). Slight improvement over vhs release. Recommended as this is still good value for the price and it is doubtful that a better release will ever turn up.
DVD - Image Entertainment The Sign of Four
The Sign of Four (1983)
• Stars: Ian Richardson (Sherlock Holmes) and David Healy (Dr. Watson)
• All Region - NTSC
• Color, Mono Sound
• Liner notes by "Scarlet Street" magazine's Richard Valley
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Bare bones package that contains a reasonable quality transfer. Likely as good as any transfer based on a video source (some grain present). Slight improvement over vhs release. Entertaining and informative liner notes by Richard Valley. Recommended as this is still good value for the price and it is doubtful that a better release will ever turn up.
DVD - Image Entertainment The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
• Stars: Nicol Williamson (Sherlock Holmes), Robert Duvall (Dr. Watson) and Alan Arkin
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Bare bones package that contains a reasonable quality transfer. Definite improvement over vhs release in terms of image clarity, color and sound. While I doubt it will ever happen, this film deserves a fully restored widescreen release. Recommended as this is still a major improvement over the vhs release. Okay value for price, but this DVD is  disappearing from retailers and will rapidly become scarce.
DVD - Russian The Hound of the Baskervilles
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Russian/English Subtitles) (1981)
• Stars: Vasily Livanov (Sherlock Holmes) and Vitaly Solomin (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Dolby Stereo Sound
• Full-screen format
• English subtitles

Review Notes: Until recently, this was a rarity in any form, but more so in a subtitled version. First rate image and sound quality that is a vast improvement over previous vhs versions. Highly Recommended as this is great value for price. For on-site information on the Russian Sherlock Holmes series click here. More Russian episodes below.
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They Might Be Giants (1971)
• Stars: George C. Scott (Justin Playfair) and Joanne Woodward (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Widescreen
• Commentary by director Anthony Harvey and film archivist Robert A. Harris
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Features 10 minutes of footage not seen in the original theatrical release
• Featurette: Madness...It's Beautiful (8 min.)
• Widescreen anamorphic format
Review Notes: A great transfer with excellent audio and video quality and some extras. This was the first Sherlock Holmes related DVD release to take full advantage of the format. Highly Recommended as this is great value for price.
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DVD - Disney The Great Mouse Detective
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, Closed-captioned
• All-New Digitally Restored Print
• The Making Of The Great Mouse Detective
• "Clock Cleaners" Animated Short
• "Donald's Crime" Animated Short
• "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind" Sing-Along
• The Great Mouse Detective Scrapbook
Review Notes: Beautiful print of this fun film. Excellent value. Highly Recommended!
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DVD - The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes
Fall And Rise Of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century (1999-2000)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated,
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: No notes at this time.
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Sherlock Hound: Case File 1 (1983)
• Includes 5 episodes: The Four Signatures, The Crown of Mazalin, A Small Client, Mrs. Hudson is Taken Hostage, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Animated, Color
• English and Japanese Mono Audio (2-sided disc)
Review Notes: Digitally remastered bright and clean transfer. Double-sided as the English language versions run approx. 1 minute longer per episode. Recommended for completists only. Poor value for price as these are ridiculously expensive. Currently five volumes are available.
DVD - Sherlock Hound Case File 1
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The Sherlock Holmes Collection (2 Disc Set) (1954-5)
• Stars: Ronald Howard (Sherlock Holmes)  and H. Marion Crawford (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 10 episodes: The Case of the Eiffel Tower, TCOT Jolly Hangman, TCOT Cunningham Inheritance, TCOT Diamond Tooth, TCOT Neurotic Detective, TCOT Red-Headed League, TCOT Vanished Detective, The Night-Train Riddle, TCOT Pennsylvania Gun, TCOT Baker Street Bachelors
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black & White, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format
• On-screen intros by Christopher Lee (although they have nothing to do with this series)
Review Notes: Run-of-the-mill transfer from poor quality video masters, exactly the same as Madacy's previous video set. Image and audio quality ranges from episode to episode.
Note: A complete 39 episode release is due in late 2004
DVD - Sherlock Holmes Collection
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)
• Stars: Richard Roxburgh (Sherlock Holmes) and Ian Hart (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound
• 'Making of' featurette and Interviews

• Widescreen letterbox format (1.85:1)

Review Notes: Beautifully produced DVD with excellent image and sound quality. On-site review of the Canadian broadcast version is here. Recommended as this is a prime example of a first-rate DVD release, even if you don't care for the film itself.
DVD - Warner Home Video/BBC
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Murder By Decree (1979)
• Stars: Christopher Plummer (Sherlock Holmes) and James Mason (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Widescreen
• Audio commentary with co-producer/director Bob Clark

Review Notes: Released to DVD on January 21, 2003. Brighter image quality than any previous video version, although displaying some grain. Audio commentary with Clark is a bit thin, but still informative. Recommended as it is a great film that finally received a decent release. Reasonable value for price.
DVD - Anchor Bay Entertainment Murder By Decree
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DVD - MPI Empty House/Priory School
DVD - MPI Last Vampyre
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Young Sherlock Holmes: The Manor House Mystery (3 Disc Set) (1982)
• Stars: Guy Henry (Sherlock Holmes)
• 260 minutes
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Not to be confused with the big-screen Young Sherlock Holmes, this thoughtful 8-part television series produced by Granada in the UK in 1982 made it's home video/DVD debut in January 2003. Reasonable print but otherwise bare-bones package. Recommended as this is good value for an excellent, if little-seen, Holmes series.
Sherlock Holmes - The King of Blackmail (Russian/English Subtitles) (1980)
• Stars: Vasily Livanov (Sherlock Holmes) and Vitaly Solomin (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Dolby Stereo Sound
• Full-screen format - 2 disc set
• English subtitles

Review Notes: More subtitled episodes in the brilliant Russian series. This collection features adaptations of The Final Problem, The Empty House and Charles Augustus Milverton. Highly Recommended as this is great value for price. For on-site information on the Russian Sherlock Holmes series click here.
DVD - Russian The King of Blackmail
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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (Russian/English Subtitles) (1979)
• Stars: Vasily Livanov (Sherlock Holmes) and Vitaly Solomin (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Dolby Stereo Sound
• Full-screen format
• English subtitles

Review Notes: The first in the Russian series now available with English subtitles. Features adaptations of The Speckled Band and A Study in Scarlet (Yes, Stamford introduces Watson to Holmes). Highly Recommended as this is great value for price. For on-site information on the Russian Sherlock Holmes series click here.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Paget's Drawings from HOUN
• Feature Length Presentation
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Mediocre print but without the other flaws associated with past Granada/MPI releases. Fair value.
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The Last Vampyre (1992)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Elcock's Drawings
• Feature Length Presentation
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Best looking of the Granada/MPI releases.
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The Sign of Four (1987)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Gutschmidt's Drawings
• Feature Length Presentation
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Mediocre print with fairly soft details. A pity, considering this was shot on 35mm rather than video. Fair value.
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The Eligible Bachelor (1992)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Feature Length Presentation
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: As with the other more recent films in the Granada series, decent print and sound quality. Good value.
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The Master Blackmailer (1991)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Feature Length Presentation
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: No notes at this time.
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The Sherlock Holmes Feature Film Collection (Boxed Set)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes)  and David Burke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Box set
• Includes all 5 feature-length films:The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Eligible Bachelor, The Sign of Four, The Master Blackmailer and The Last Vampryre.
• Full-screen format
• Number of discs: 5

Review Notes: See individual disc listings above for notes and features. 
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DVD - MPI Second Stain/Six Napoleons
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DVD - MPI Priory School/Wisteria Lodge
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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
• Stars: Robert Stephens (Sherlock Holmes) and Colin Blakely (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Widescreen
• Featurette "Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder"
• Deleted scenes and interview with film editor
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Widescreen anamorphic format

Review Notes: Billy Wilder's classic film with as much missing footage as possible included as an extra. Highly Recommended - the best Sherlock Holmes DVD package to date!
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UK/European DVD Release - Entire Granada/Brett Series on Region 2 PAL Boxed Set
Region 2 DVD - Sherlock Holmes Collection
Although this page usually only reports on Region 1 (United States and Canada) DVD releases, it is worth noting that a Region 2 PAL Boxed Set featuring the entire Granada Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett is being released by Cinema Club in the UK. The set of 23 discs includes 5 feature length episodes and 36 one hour episodes (2 episodes per volume). Click here to order this set from Amazon UK.

Please note that this one listing refers to a REGION 2 (UK and Europe only) release. North American viewers will require a Code-Free DVD player with PAL conversion capability to view Region 2 PAL DVDs.
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DVD - Murder at the Baskervilles
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Murder at the Baskervilles AKA Silver Blaze (1936)
• Stars: Arthur Wontner (Sherlock Holmes) and Ian Fleming (Dr. Watson)
• Region 0 encoding (Worldwide)
• Black & White, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Alpha Video PD release with a transfer from a video source that looks no better than VHS and suffers from wobbly sound values. Great cover art for a relatively uncommon and worthwhile film. Recommended as this retails for under $10 USD and there will likely never be a 'quality' DVD release for this title.
DVD - Sign of Four
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Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932)
• Stars: Arthur Wontner (Sherlock Holmes) and Ian Hunter (Dr. Watson)
• Region 0 encoding (Worldwide)
• Black & White, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Alpha Video PD release with a transfer from a video source that looks no better than VHS and suffers from wobbly sound values. Great cover art for a relatively uncommon and worthwhile film.  Recommended as this retails for under $10 USD and there will likely never be a 'quality' DVD release for this title. 
DVD - Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
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Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1934)
• Stars: Arthur Wontner (Sherlock Holmes) and Ian Fleming (Dr. Watson)
• Region 0 encoding (Worldwide)
• Black & White, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Alpha Video PD release with a transfer from a video source that looks no better than VHS and suffers from wobbly sound values. Great cover art for a relatively uncommon and worthwhile film. 
Recommended as this retails for under $10 USD and there will likely never be a 'quality' DVD release for this title. 
DVD - Study in Scarlet
A Study in Scarlet (1933)
• Stars: Reginald Owen (Sherlock Holmes) and Warburton Gamble (Dr. Watson)
• Region 0 encoding (Worldwide)
• Black & White, Mono Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Released to DVD on March 18, 2003. Produced by Alpha Video which is not known for high quality. Badly framed video transfer that often cuts off heads, otherwise just like my old vhs copy. Great cover art. Recommended as this retails for under $10 USD and there will likely never be a 'quality' DVD release for this title.
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DVD - Artisan sherlock Holmes Collection - Matt Frewer and Ken Welsh
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The Sherlock Holmes Collection (2000, 2001, 2001, 2002)
• Stars: Matt Frewer (Sherlock Holmes) and Kenneth Welsh (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color
• 360 minutes
• Features all four Frewer films: Hound of the Baskervilles, Sign of Four, Royal Scandal and Whitechapel Vampire

Review Notes: Released to DVD on August 19, 2003. Decent full-screen budget release of all four films on 2 discs. On-site information for the individual films can be found at Hound, Sign, Royal Scandal and Whitechapel Vampire. Recommended - good value for price.
DVD - MPI Devil's Foot/Silver Blaze/Bruce Partington Plans
DVD - MPI Musgrave Ritual/Man With the Twisted Lip
DVD - MPI Return Boxed Set
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 1 (1986)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: The Empty House/The Abbey Grange

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Okay image and sound, about as good as we've seen from MPI to date.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 2 (1986)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: The Second Stain/The Six Napoleons

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: Relatively decent image and sound, although some severe digitizing during knife-fight in SIXN on some discs. Apparently recalled and fixed, although my copy has the problem.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 3 (1986,1988)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: Wisteria Lodge/The Priory School

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: No notes at this time.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 4 (1988)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 3 episodes: The Devil's Foot/Silver Blaze/The Bruce Partington Plans

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: No notes at this time.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Vol. 5 (1986)
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 2 episodes: The Musgrave Ritual/The Man with the Twisted Lip

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: No notes at this time.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes DVD Collection (5 Disc Boxed Set )
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, 5 Disc Box set
• Includes all 11 episodes of The Return: The Empty House, The Abbey Grange, The Second Stain, The Six Napoleons, The Priory School, Wisteria Lodge, The Devil's Foot, Silver Blaze, The Bruce Partington Plans, The Musgrave Ritual and The Man with the Twisted Lip.
• Featurette: Elementary, My Dear Watson: An Interview With Edward Hardwicke
• Director's Commentary with John Madden
• Production Notes
• Full-screen format
• Number of discs: 5
Review Notes: Released August 26, 2003. See individual disc listings above. No notes at this time.
DVD - BFS Entertainment - Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
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Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (2000)
• Stars: Ian Richardson (Joe Bell) and Robin Laing (Arthur Conan Doyle)
• Feature Length

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Slight letterboxed format (1.66:1)

Review Notes: Released to DVD on October 7, 2003. The long overdue pilot of the Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes series, mysteriously re-named for North American release. Recommended as this is a solid transfer of a worthwhile and fascinating production.
DVD - Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 1 - Rathbone/Bruce
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in Washington
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DVD - MCA Home Entertainment Sherlock: Case of Evil
DVD - Young Sherlock Holmes and the Manor House Mystery
Sherlock: Case of Evil (2002)
• Stars: James D'Arcy (Sherlock Holmes) and Roger Morlidge (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound
• Widescreen format

Review Notes: No notes at this time. Released to DVD November 18, 2003. Rather odd made-for-television film featuring a youthful Sherlock Holmes' early encounter with Prof. Moriarty. Features Vincent D'Onofrio as Moriarty and Richard E. Grant as Mycroft. For further on-site info regarding this production, click here.
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Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
• Stars: Nicholas Rowe (Sherlock Holmes) and Alan Cox (Watson)
• 109 minutes
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color
• Widescreen format

Review Notes: Released on December 2, 2003. This is the Spielberg produced big-screen fantasy film released theatrically in 1985. Bare bones package, but a relatively clean widescreen print. Never before released in widescreen to home video.
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DVD - Doctor Who - The Talons of Weng Chiang
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Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977)
• Stars: Tom Baker (The Doctor) and Louise Jameson (Leela)
• 140 minutes
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color
• Commentary track featuring Louise Jameson (Leela), John Bennett (Li H'sen Chang) and Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago) with producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director David Maloney
• Also features various featurettes, trailers, production notes, etc...
• Full-screen format
Review Notes: Released to DVD on October 7, 2003. The BBC's cult classic character Doctor Who, ably assisted by Leela and the Watson-like Dr. Litefoot, runs up against a Fu Manchu inspired villain in Victorian London. A classic Doctor Who adventure in an excellent package. Recommended.
John Cleese - The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1978)
• Stars: John Cleese (Arthur Sherlock Holmes) and Arthur Lowe (Dr. Watson)
• Region 0 encoding (Worldwide)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: A truly abysmal print of an equally abysmal parody film. Horribly dated and not the least bit funny. Painful waste of the talented cast.
Not Recommended as this is likely the single worst transfer I've ever seen on the DVD format although the source print is the real culprit. For completists only!
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The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1986)
• Stars: Christopher Lee (Host/Narrator)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format
• Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Biography and Selected Works
• Sherlock Holmes...In His Own Words
• Trivia, Interactive Menus and Scene Selection
• DVD Rom - Text to HOUN, SIGN, STUD, Adventures, Memoirs and Casebook
• Bonus Movie: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (Rathbone/Bruce)
Review Notes: A documentary examining the many actors to have portrayed Sherlock Holmes on screen. Christopher Lee narrates from the recreation of 221B at the Sherlock Holmes pub in London. Recommended as this is a reasonable video survey of the topic.
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Animated Programs
Not Quite Sherlock Holmes
Documentary/Survey
DVD - Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 2 - Rathbone/Bruce
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in Pearl of Death
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Claw
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in The Spider Woman
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in The House of Fear
DVD - Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 3 - Rathbone/Bruce
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in Dressed to Kill
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes in Terror By Night
DVD - MPI Sherlock Holmes: The Woman in Green
The Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 1 DVD - Boxed Set
• Stars: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 4 Films:
Voice of Terror(1942)/Secret Weapon(1942)/In Washington(1943)/Faces Death(1943)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black and White, Mono, Full Screen
• Full -length David Stuart Davies Commentary on
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
• 16 page booklet with notes by Richard Valley
Spider Woman
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Pearl of Death
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The Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 2 DVD - Boxed Set
• Stars: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 4 Films:
Pearl of Death(1944)/Scarlet Claw(1944)/Spider Woman(1944)/House of Fear(1945)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black and White, Mono, Full Screen
• Full -length David Stuart Davies Commentary on
The Scarlet Claw
• Restoration process discussed by Robert Gitt of UCLA Film and Television Archive
• 16 page booklet with notes by Richard Valley
Woman in Green
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Dressed to Kill
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) - Released April 27, 2004
• Stars: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black and White, Mono, Full Screen
• Full-length Commentary by Richard Valley
• Production notes by Richard Valley
• Photo gallery and selected trailers

Review Notes: Not restored by UCLA, but a gorgeous print nonetheless. Exceptionally informative commentary and liner notes by Richard Valley. The best release of the Rathbone series to DVD! HIghly Recommended!
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) - Released April 27, 2004
• Stars: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black and White, Mono, Full Screen
• Full-length Commentary by David Stuart Davies
• Production notes by Richard Valley
• Photo gallery and selected trailers

Review Notes: Not restored by UCLA, but a gorgeous print nonetheless. Entertaining commentary from DSD and great liner notes from Richard Valley. Highly Recommended.
The Sherlock Holmes Collection Vol. 3 DVD - Boxed Set
• Stars: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson)
• Includes 4 Films:
Dressed to Kill(1945)/Pursuit to Algiers(1945)/Terror by Night(1946)/Woman in Green(1946)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Black and White, Mono, Full Screen
• Full -length David Stuart Davies Commentary on
The Woman in Green
• Excerpt from the Fox/Movietone interview with Arthur Conan Doyle
• 16 page booklet with notes by Richard Valley
Sherlock Holmes Collection Review Notes: The image and sound quality of the newly restored Sherlock Holmes Collection is simply without peer, so never again need we endure blobby white faces mumbling from within a murky sea of grey in poor public domain releases! Sharp definition of blacks and gray scales are the hallmark of these beautiful prints. Clean and resonant sound has been restored so that we can truly appreciate the clipped tones and rapid-fire delivery that went into making Basil Rathbone the definitive Sherlock Holmes of his generation.

The Extras: While the individual releases of the Universal films have no extras whatsoever, the 3 boxed sets do. Not exactly “Loaded” with extras as the packaging proclaims, there is still much here to make these boxed sets the way to go when purchasing these films. Each of the 3 sets features one film with full-length audio commentary by Sherlockian film scholar David Stuart Davies (see individual set listings above for specifics). Davies’ chatty and informative commentaries are great fun for both the knowledgeable Sherlockian film buff or novice alike. Vol. 2 features a short intro by Robert Gitt of UCLA Film and Television Archive on the restoration process. Vol. 3 has a somewhat shoddy excerpt of the Fox/Movietone interview with Conan Doyle. Each boxed set also includes rather weak photo and poster galleries. Of the extras in the boxed sets, the most rewarding extra features are likely the three 16-page booklets (one for each set) with 12 pages in each devoted to film specific and general production notes by Richard Valley (editor of Scarlet Street magazine). He has included a wealth of relevant biographical data on the leads, repeat players and character actors as well as outlining fascinating links between the Holmes series and the Universal horror cycle of the 1940s. Valley's insightful and amusing notes provide the perfect backdrop to a better understanding of the rich context within which these films were made.  

Bottom Line: Highly Recommended - Ignore all other previous releases of the Rathbone/Bruce series on DVD, as these boxed sets from MPI provide the very best in terms of quality and value.
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Without a Clue (1988)
• Stars: Michael Caine (Reginald Kincaid/Sherlock Holmes) and Ben Kingsley (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color
• Full-screen format
• Trailer

Review Notes: Released March 2, 2004. No notes at this time.
Not Recommended as this film deserves a proper widescreen and special edition release!
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Real Sherlock Holmes (2004)
• All Region DVD
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format
• Bonus Radio Play: The Adventure of the Devil's Foot (Rathbone/Bruce)
Review Notes: A documentary examining the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Includes much modern footage of places relevant to Doyle's life including Edinburgh, Portsmouth, Windlesham, etc..as well as relevant Sherlockian sites such as Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes pub, etc... Overall a good basic introductory video biography of Sherlock Holmes' creator. Recommended as this is a reasonable video survey of the topic for $6.99.
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Hands of a Murderer (1990)
• Stars: Edward Woodward (Sherlock Holmes) and John Hillerman (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (USA and Canada only)
• Color, HiFi Sound
• Full-screen format

Review Notes: None at this time, although, considering it is a fairly awful tele-film, how good can the DVD be?
DVD - Sherlock Holmes: Hands of a Murderer
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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes DVD Collection (3 Disc Boxed Set )
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, 3 Disc Box set
• Includes all 6 episodes: The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax, The Problem of Thor Bridge, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Illustrious Client, Shoscombe Old Place and The Creeping Man
• Featurette: 1980s Interview With Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke
• Director's Commentary with John Madden
• Production Notes
• Full-screen format
• Number of discs: 3

Review Notes: Release date September 28, 2004. No notes at this time.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes DVD Collection (3 Disc Boxed Set )
• Stars: Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Edward Hardwicke (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, 3 Disc Box set
• Includes all 6 episodes: The Three Gables, The Dying Detective, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Red Circle, The Mazarin Stone and The Cardboard Box.
• Featurette: Vintage interview with Adrian Conan Doyle
• Commentary with screenwriter Jeremy Paul and David Stuart Davies
• Production Notes
• Full-screen format
• Number of discs: 3

Review Notes: Release date October 26, 2004. No notes at this time.
DVD - MPI Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Boxed Set
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) - Released December 7, 2004
• Stars: Peter Cook (Sherlock Holmes) and Dudley Moore (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Mono, Widescreen


Review Notes: Solid but basic DVD release of this uneven and often tasteless comedy. Not for the easily offended, but if you already like the film, it is a decent quality DVD release at a reasonable price. Recommended.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (2005) - Released October 2005
• Stars: Anthony D. P. Mann (Sherlock Holmes) and William Morrow (Dr. Watson)
• Region 0 encoding (Worldwide for NTSC display)
• Color, Stereo, Full Screen
• Commentary by Anthony D.P. Mann, Audience with A.D.P. Mann, Meet & Greet with Cast, Deleted Scenes, Trailers and Still Gallery

Review Notes: No-budget amateur indie film runs 31 minutes, with special features running 1 hour. Shot in Kingston, ON. Creative scripting to solve obvious budget issues, but otherwise pretty awful. Direct distribution through maker's site only will make this a Sherlockian rarity.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) - Released October 25, 2005
• Stars: Rupert Everett (Sherlock Holmes) and Ian Hart (Dr. Watson)
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Widescreen (1.78:1)
• Full-length Commentary by  Simon Cellan Jones and Elinor Day
• Cast bios

Review Notes: Click here to read our review of the film. Widescreen DVD release with no extras beyond the director and producer commentary. Recommended for pastiche film enthusiasts who are not troubled by the idea of Sherlock Holmes hunting for a serial killer who is motivated by a sexual foot fetish.
DVD - Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking - Everett/Hart
DVD - The Hound of the Baskervilles - Mann/Morrow
DVD - The Hound of the Baskervilles - Cook/Moore
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